Controversial Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -yet again- used her Bronx community garden to weigh-in on social justice this week; saying growing specific vegetables like cauliflower is a “colonial approach to environmentalism.
“What I love too is growing plants that are culturally familiar to the community. It’s so important,” said Cortez.
“So that’s really how you do it right. That is such a core component of the Green New Deal is having all of these projects make sense in a cultural context, and it’s an area that we get the most pushback on because people say, ‘Why do you need to do that? That’s too hard,’” she added.
“But when you really think about it — when someone says that it’s ‘too hard’ to do a green space that grows Yucca instead of, I don’t know, cauliflower or something — what you’re doing is that you’re taking a colonial approach to environmentalism, and that is why a lot of communities of color get resistant to certain environmentalist movements because they come with the colonial lens on them,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Ocasio-Cortez made similar comments just weeks ago when she claimed “food coming from dirt” was “magic.”
“Look! Oh my god, look at this! I am shook. Honestly, gardening, food that comes out of dirt, it’s like magic. The tomatoes died though… This is so exciting!” said Ocasio-Cortez in her video.
"I am SHOOK, like honestly, gardening, FOOD– that comes out of dirt… it's Like magic " ~ @AOC
I wish the congresswoman cared about border security, growing the economy and other policies that will lift up the entire country as much as she cares about this garden .. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/MKOULq5EKN
— Stephanie Hamill (@STEPHMHAMILL) May 1, 2019
The recently sworn-in representative found herself in hot water last month after the prolific Twitter-user failed to mention the devastating series of bombings that rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
Read the full report at the Washington Examiner.